Walking over the fine powdery sands of the beach, you reach the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean. The lace-edged waves tickle your toes to invite you in. This is what you’ve come for – pristine beauty and an escape in a landscape far away from that of your usual life.
You swim, the buoyant sea embracing your tired body. You relax. Then you see an incredible sight – there’s a turtle not far away from you. You can hardly believe your luck. You tread water and hold your breath, hoping he will come closer. He does - slowly. And then you see it. He’s hardly moving - his flippers are completely entangled with bright blue rope. He’s dying – you can see it in his eyes. It might be the rope that’s killing him, or it might be the fact that he’s full of plastic bags that he mistook for tasty jellyfish.
Either way, human pollution has notched up yet another victim in the wild.